Questions about using desktop backgrounds in Ubuntu.

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Is it possible to have a different background for each workspace?

I normally use 4 different workspaces for different things, and they are always the same, can I make a different background image for each one of them? I would like an answer that works for both ...
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Desktop shows a white or black background instead of wallpapers

After the upgrade from 12.10 to 13.04 my desktop background turns black after I try to set a image for that. How to fix it? This is my desktop screen:
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Access to the terminal while you are on Vim

Is there a way to access the terminal while using Vim? I do not like to open another terminal or save and exit the current terminal.
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Picture of a spaceship occasionally appears on my monitor when switching monitors

Seriously. No joke. Clean 13.10 install. Not a single picture on my computer. I press F4 to switch over to my external monitor and...what is this?
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How do I set the background color/pattern in a Nautilus window?

In Previous versions of Ubuntu, I used to go under the edit menu to set the background color of a Nautilus window. I have no idea how to do this in Ubuntu.
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How do I change the start up sound?

How do i change the start up background music in Ubuntu and can i add any customized music for startup? What are the various ways of setting this?
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Command to change the wallpaper in XUbuntu

Doing a google search reveals the command xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/image-path -s <image-path> The first time I run this command I got a message saying that ...
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How to span single wallpaper over dual monitors?

I have dual monitor set up in Ubuntu 11.10. I want to have a single wallpaper spanned across both monitors. How do I do this?
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Run a nohup command over SSH, then disconnect

I want to execute a script, start.sh on a remote server which runs this: nohup node server.js & Naively, I call SSH like this: ssh myserver <<EOF ./start.sh & EOF This starts the ...
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How to modify the system default background image

I am about to ship a new 10.04 installed system to a customer. This is the 1st system that we are shipping with our preinstalled software and an additional hardware test platform, so I thought it ...
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Why is my desktop background black after upgrade to 13.04?

After I upgraded to 13.04 my desktop background has been a black screen, i.e.: EDITS: Ubuntu tweak doesn't seem to be able to change the window theme either (although all other themes like icon ...
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Keep a program running in terminal

So I am well aware of nohup and suffixing commands with & to ensure that they go into the background. However if I run a graphical application - sometimes using neither seems to do the job. So ...
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Cannot change background color in Ubuntu 13.04

I cannot change my background to the color blue and when I try to my desktop background goes black. I tried to do gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.background active true but it still ...
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Newly opened applications open in background

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 on an ASUS X201EP. Often, when I launch a program (usually chromium or the file manager) it will open in the background, behind the currently opened window. This is very ...
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Can I set different backgrounds for different workspaces (tags) in Awesome WM?

I'd love to be able to set different backgrounds for different tabs in Awesome WM. Is there a way to do this?
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Wallch not auto-cycling backgrounds on log in

I'm extremely new to Ubuntu, and the Linux environment in general, so I could probably be doing something stupid, or not realizing how to do it, or its working and I don't realize it - so I just want ...
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How to customize the ubuntu gnome 3 desktop?

This is maybe a stupid question, but how can I choose my own background image on ubuntu gnome 3?? I click on Settings -> Background -> then I click on the current background preview to change it but I ...
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How to install the blue stripes animated wallpaper in Ubuntu 12.10

How can I install the default Gnome-Shell 3.4 animated background (or 'wallpaper') in Ubuntu 12.10? The background is dynamic, becoming brighter and more radiant during the day, and dark and shadowy ...
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How can I set Ask Ubuntu website as Desktop live wallpaper? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Active Web Site as Gnome Background I want to use Ask Ubuntu or OMG!Ubuntu website as live desktop wallpaper. I want to see the live updates of any of the selected site ...
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how to set different wallpapers in ubuntu workspaces [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to have a different background for each workspace? I'm having an issues trying to customize ubuntu workspaces in the gnome environment. Assuming the ...
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How can I set an HTML page as the desktop background?

Before people flag this as an exact duplicate of How can I use a .html file as desktop background/wallpaper? please let me clarify . Unlike that question where he just wants desktop icons for ...
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Change desktop background from Terminal [duplicate]

I need to change the background of my desktop in Ubuntu 12. 04 with a command in terminal, in order to make a script with bash. Does anyone know how to do it?
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How to make terminal transparent while still having its own background image?

Is there a way to give terminal specific background image and make it 50% transparent at the same time?
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How to check if any background process is utilizing the internet connection?

My internet speed is 4 Mbps. In Windows, I get 2 Mbps download bandwidth, but in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS I only get a maximum of 20 Kbps. Why is it so? Is there any background process which might be ...
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Why is my background image always disappearing when I log in?

When logging in lubuntu 12.04, my background image always disappears, leaving the screen with color only and then I have to go to definitions and set the image in the background again. I notice that ...
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Dim desktop, bring focus to active window

I recently stumbled upon this article for applications that dim the background of your desktop, bringing focus to the active open window. Of course the applications are for Windows. My question is, ...
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How do I change the background colour of Leafpad? (changing .gtkrc insufficient)

All the information that google returns says to change ~/.gtkrc2.0-mine. Here is my .gtkrc-2.0: # -- THEME AUTO-WRITTEN BY gtk-theme-switch2 DO NOT EDIT include "/usr/share/themes/Dust/gtk-2.0/gtkrc" ...
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Unity greeter background on Xubuntu 12.04

I'm running Xubuntu 12.04 and using the Unity greeter with LightDM. Everything works well except for I can never change the background. I've tried editing the .conf file, editing the gsettings as the ...
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How do I get the Matrix theme colors (Lime-Green text over black background) on the Terminal?

On the terminal emulator, how do I get the Matrix theme colors (Lime-Green text over black background)? I like the purple a lot, it matches my laptop. But for the terminal, I want green font. How is ...
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Background setting - cropping options

When setting a wallpaper you can choose from tile, zoom, center, scale, fill or span options. What do they mean? How scale option is different from zoom and span? I can't see the difference on any of ...
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Background process (nohup &) suspends/resumes when user logs out/logs in

Ubuntu Server 11.10 When a normal (non-root) user starts a process with nohup (nohup java ... &), when the user disconnects from the terminal (ssh) the process stops responding. When the user ...
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“Appearance” icon has vanished from “System Settings” [duplicate]

I have been using gnome-shell for a few months. I was able to configure it using "tweak tool" and "background". Now I've just migrated to Unity, but "Change Desktop Background" (comes from right-click ...
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Xubuntu 12.10: Possible to use animated gifs as a background?

I really, really want to use http://www.reddit.com/r/cinemagraphs I've done a lot of research on this, but the answers seem to vary greatly and I haven't had much success with any of the other ...
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Where is the list with the wallpapers (shown in the appearance window) stored?

When trying to add wallpapers from previous Ubuntu versions & those I found on the internet (following these instructions), I somehow messed up the list of wallpapers included in the appearance ...
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Putting Chromium back into Gnome Shell notifications

So I'm loving Gnome Shell under 11.10 on my HP Mini 100-3000, but I've removed Chromium from the background tasks that would show on the bottom notification display. Simple question: How do I put ...
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I have two monitors on my computer, how can I set a different wallpaper to each

I have two monitors on my computer, how can I set a different wallpaper to each. I don't use workspaces, two screens are enough. I know it's possible to set a different wallpaper to each workspace but ...
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How can I select a wallpaper that is not is the Pictures Folder?

I don't like to use the pre-made folders. I want to organize the things the way I want and with the names I want. Moreover I don't want to have to move a picture every time I want to try and see how ...
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Cron not able to succesfully change background

I'm running 12.04 with a custom XML background (modification on Day of Ubuntu) that changes based on time of day. I've noticed that there's a significant delay between when the changes are scheduled ...
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How to change my desktop background image “forever”?

I have a picture which I want to set as desktop background, and I want it to stay the background image even when I restart my computer (I don't want to set it every time manually, from system settings ...
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GRUB background resolution and text?

I want to know my GRUB resolution ? and what if I set the GRUB background image that is higher or lower resolution than current grub resolution , do I have to resize it ?
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Bring nohup job to foreground

Consider the following nohup execution: nohup script.sh > script.out & Is there a way to log off the terminal, reconnect, bring the process back to foreground and interact with it using the ...
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How can I reset my GRUB background to default?

I installed some sort of software (I think it had to do with Gnome) that changed the splash image behind the GRUB boot interface from the standard purple background to a somewhat tacky Debian splash ...
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Make a text file my automatically updated background?

I want to make a "to-do" list my wallpaper. I was hoping to be able to write a text file, save it, and have the background be updated each time I edit file. Is this possible?
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How to run Thunderbird in background and pop notification for new mails

Recently installed Ubuntu 12.04, configured Thunderbird email client. But seems like the email client is not working in background(like Rhythmbox). Need to keep running that like other foreground ...
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How to modify the system default login background image?

Following this, I added a couple of modified background images to the backgrounds collection. Now, I want to select a different background for the login screen. How do I do that? UPDATE: Just tried ...
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Where is the login screen wallpaper for GDM stored?

In 14.04, there is a really nice sort of stone texture to the background of the login screen. Where does that texture live on the disk? I have searched the unity greeter packages.
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Ubuntu splash won't change?

How do i change the boot splash background color to be black, not purple? I have edited /lib/plymouth/themes/default.grub to if background_color 0,0,0 ; then clear fi then I also changed these ...
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xubuntu 12.04 can't change desktop background/wallpaper permanently

If I change the desktop background (wallpaper) via right-click on desktop => desktop settings => single image, and select another background image from the list, or add a photo of my own (via the "+" ...
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when I select a file in dolphin the name disappears

I'm using dolphin under gnome 3 and when I select a file, the name disappears. I tried looking at my kde settings and looking under colors and nothing seems out of the ordinary, and I don't know if ...
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How to create screen session on startup with command that doesn't end when command finishes

I want to edit my rc.local file to start up a few server sessions each in it's own GNU screen. However, whenever I stop a server, the screen terminates. Currently I have: screen -dmS test ...